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Baltic Vasseur Artists’ Award 2022

9 April 2022 – 2 October 2022

Baltic's biennial award was established to recognise artists deserving of an international platform and offers a step-change moment in their career, each receiving an exhibition at Baltic, 25,000 GBP to realise new work and a 5,000 GBP artist fee.


Three established international artists are invited to nominate an artist in the early stages of their career. For the 2022 iteration, Otobong Nkanga has nominated Ima-Abasi Okon, Mika Rottenberg has nominated Laleh Khorramian and Hito Steyerl has nominated Fernando García-Dory.    

Person standing amongst lampshade artworks
Photo: Barry Pells

In its 20th anniversary year, Baltic renames the award The Vasseur Baltic Artists’ Award, in memory of the late Isabel Vasseur, an admired figure who inspired a generation of curators and artists with her fearless approach to putting art in the public realm. Through the 2022 Award, Baltic Legacy Patron, Vasseur continues to support the growth of contemporary art. 

Vasseur's career spanned more than thirty years, encompassing photography and experimental film, important curatorial initiatives at festivals in Glasgow, Gateshead and Edinburgh, and through her London agency, Art Office, she commissioned public art projects throughout the UK. Vasseur served on the Board of Trustees for Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (2004-08) and lectured on the influential Curating Contemporary Art MA at the Royal College of Art (1993–2003).

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